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Howard Phillips Lovecraft was a horror writer who influenced the genre greatly. Instead of traditional villains, he created "horrors": indescribable, indefinable, inconceivable beings, whose existence contradicts the laws of physics, whose aspect alone is beyond human logic, and as such can induce madness by their mere presence. Although malevolent by human standards, most of Lovecraft's "horrors" are amoral beings that are either insane or too alien for humans to understand. Very few of them are desirable to be around, however, and thus are similiar to villains in the sense of being harmful, and generally a threat to the world at large.The term "Lovecraftian Horrors", also known as Eldritch Abominations or Cosmic Horrors, applies to villains who are or eventually transform into otherworldly entities beyond rationalization, too alien from "normal" flesh-and-blood beings to be described properly, and most often madness-inducing. Alternatively, beings whose aspect is clearly statedto be an approximation of what they really are, something that humans can process while their real form is unconceivable. At the very least they must be as close as possible to such beings and a clear, stated tribute to Lovecraft.

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